May 15th, 2012Culture
The way that I found about the new Damien Hirst exhibition was about 4 weeks ago when I saw the Tate exhibition on a documentary. I already knew about him but this got me more interested in him.
On Saturday, my mom and I got to go to the exhibition – I was jumping for joy! The exhibition fills 14 rooms over one floor except for one special piece. When we went in there was a lot of people and the first thing I saw was the hair dryer pushing up the golf ball [What Goes Up Must Come Down, 1994]. But I didn’t care about that because I went right to Dead Head [With Dead Head, 1991] which is a picture of Damien with a dead head. Damien didn’t kill the man – I think the man donated his body to science but a lot of people still thought it was wrong. I didn’t. Read the rest of this entry »Tags: Damien Hirst, Guest Blog, review, Tate
2January 15th, 2012Literacy
I’ve been writing for a few years, and though my agent has had some success with my work, inevitably there have been obstacles, the most frustrating of which is the interminably long timeframes involved while you wait for the powers-that-be to pass judgement.
I’m naturally hardworking, relatively prolific and pretty ambitious too. I’ve always been absolutely determined to earn a living from my craft and I guess that got me thinking about self-publishing at the time when e-readers were first coming onto the market.Tags: Digital publishing, ebook, Guest Blog
October 26th, 2011Culture
Guest blog by Peter Davies, Cultural Policy Advisor on Big Society, Private vs Public Sector and where he sees it going.
Despite what some people and commentators may say, the museum sector as a whole is relatively resilient, as a sector it has survived largely unscathed and unchanged through several recessions, world wars and political swings. In fact, it is fair to say that the museum sector has been one of the more steady sectors, at least in the UK, over the last century or so.
Maintaining this status quo of core values and beliefs that form the museum sector has long been the heart and soul of our institutions, and this is pretty much summed up in the 1998 Museum Association’s definition of a ‘museum’:
Tags: Guest Blog, Libraries, museums, Secro-museum
Museums enable people to explore collections for inspiration, learning and enjoyment. They are institutions that collect, safeguard and make accessible artefacts and specimens, which they hold in trust for society
October 2nd, 2011CultureQR CODES AT ATTINGHAM PARKA Study of QR Code Use in Museum and Heritage InterpretationBy, Caitlin Calhoon
As a dissertation project for my MA in Archaeology for Screen Media at University of Bristol, I worked with Attingham Park, National Trust property in Shropshire, to incorporate QR code technology into their existing interpretation. Our goal was to explore how QR codes could fit into an established heritage institution such as the National Trust, as well as whether visitors would be willing and interested in using QR codes during their visit to the property. For the project I created ten short, 30 second YouTube videos and one Flickr album and linked them to the site using QR codes containing their web urls. The videos were short so visitors would continue to enjoy the actual property and the indoor videos were silent so as not to disrupt the other visitors. Additionally, visitors were invited to give feedback about the project by commenting on the YouTube videos or the Attingham Facebook page. We found that because not everyone has a smartphone, QR codes work best for extra information, but should not be relied on as a main source of interpretation. Rather than construct any complete picture of Attingham’s history, the Attingham QR code project is intended to add an extra level of engagement with the property for those who are capable of, and choose to, use it.Tags: Cultural, Guest Blog, museums, QR Code